Fans head to Foxboro for day one of Patriots training camp

Published: Jul. 26, 2023 at 11:38 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2023 at 3:44 PM EDT
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FOXBORO, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Training camp is underway in Foxborough and Patriots fans packed the stands to watch their favorite team.

The first practice of the season is now in the books. There’s always a lot of energy at Gillette Stadium for the team’s return to the field and a lot of anticipation about what the new season will bring.

“We’re lifelong huge fans and this is just awesome to be able to come out and see them just practicing and vibing with the audience too,” said Patriots fan Carolann Donahue.

Summer camp is in session for the New England Patriots.

“It’s awesome, first day, big Pats fans,” said Jake and Tyler Richardson from Uxbridge.

Hundreds of Pats fans filled the bleachers to cheer on their team for the first time since January.

“Watching all the players, getting close to all the players and any small interactions with them,” said Carter Davidson from Wellesley.

Following a historic run, six banners in 17 seasons, New England enters 2023 having missed the playoffs two out of the last three seasons.

“It’s unpredictable, but I’m hoping they do better this season,” said Patriots fan Jeremiah Donahue.

After a disastrous season on offense, Bill O’Brien is back as offensive coordinator, more than a decade after serving on Bill Belichick’s staff for five seasons from 2007 to 2011. He’ll coach a fan favorite, Mac Jones, in his third season.

“I like that he throws the farthest in the NFL,” added Patriots fans Cam and Drew.

Another colorful character, Juju Smith-Schuster, joined the wide receiver room and fans hope he’ll dance his way into the end zone in 2023.

“I love his energy, Juju specifically…Kendrick Bourne, they’re all just out there having a good time interacting with the fans,” added Patriots fan Cameron Adams.

A big off-the-field storyline that made waves in Foxborough involved cornerback Jack Jones, who was arrested on gun charges at Logan Airport last month. He suited up Wednesday as a full participant and his next court date is August 18.

The countdown to kickoff is officially on. The Patriots open the regular season at home on September 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles.